With the much anticipated launch of the 2019 CWL Pro League rapidly approaching on February 4, many Call of Duty fans are wondering who will come out on top in each Division. Today we are looking closely at Division B, and the teams to look out for going into Monday.
One of the clear front runners of the Division, eUnited finished runner up at the CWL Las Vegas Open, just falling short at the hands of OpTic Gaming. In the subsequent ProDown tournaments, it has been eUnited giving OG their biggest challenge, even defeating them in the 4th ProDown Tournament. eUnited have found a reliable slayer in Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson, as he dropped a whopping 1.41 Kill/Death ratio over 38 maps at CWL Las Vegas. With Call of Duty veterans James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks and Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan leading the way, this is a squad that will almost certainly be competing for the top spot.
Another team capable of competing against the best in the game. Splyce had an impressive showing at CWL Las Vegas, taking home the bronze medal. Donovan ‘Temp’ Laroda began to show why he was held in such high regard when he first broke into the scene, putting up a 4th best 1.28 at the Major. One of the four teams to claim qualification for the Pro League via a top four finish at CWL Las Vegas, Splyce will be keen to get back into the game and prove they are a top squad. Expect them to be challenging eUnited for first place in this Division.
Coming off of a disappointing 9-12th finish at CWL Las Vegas, Team Envy looked to regain momentum at the Pro League Qualifier. Teamed up with current World Champions, Cuyler ‘Huke’ Garland dropped a 4th best K/D of 1.28 on their way to a perfect 6-0 series count to gain automatic qualification. Envy will be looking to rebound from a poor performance at the last Major by proving they can compete with the best teams in the game. With a point to prove after their successful PLQ performance, we may ultimately see this squad finishing top four.
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Another team to gain automatic qualification through the PLQ, Enigma 6 Group finished with an impressive 5-1 series count. One of the more interesting teams in the League, Call of Duty fans will be excited to monitor the progression of former Halo World Champion Bradley ‘Frosty’ Bergstrom, who is starting to adapt to life as a Call of Duty professional. Another player to keep tabs on is exciting SMG player Matthew ‘KiSMET’ Tinsley, finishing the PLQ with a 7th highest 1.25 K/D. This squad will have to play at their very best to challenge the top four spots however, and may find it challenging against the top teams.
100 Thieves had a rough start at the PLQ, but ultimately gained automatic qualification with a respectable 4-2 series record. The squad’s chemistry problems have been well documented, and they are one of few teams to make a roster change going into the League. Former FaZe Clan members Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner and James ‘Crowder’ Crowder come in as player and coach respectively, to try and remedy some of the issues the squad has faced so far. Perhaps one of the most inconsistent teams in the League, it is hard to predict a finish for this squad, but with the high calibre group of players, anything could happen.
An overnight fan favourite, Heretics won over Call of Duty fans alike with their passion and crazy gun skill. The first ever Spanish representation in the League, the squad only dropped one series on their way to automatic qualification in the PLQ. Players like Alejandro ‘Lucky’ López dazzled, putting up an impressive 1.29 K/D. It is often the case that European squads bring unorthodox strategies to game modes that the North American teams struggle to deal with; this was the case in the PLQ, with Heretics bringing innovative approaches to the Control mode. It will be interesting to see how this team copes against the top teams, but there is hope that they will do European Call of Duty justice.
A team largely featuring players with no previous Pro League experience, Excelerate Gaming successfully came through the PLQ Winner’s Bracket with a perfect 3-0 series record. Excelerate will be known for turning heads in the Call of Duty Competitive scene as they defeated FaZe Clan 3-2 in round two of the Bracket. It is unclear how well the squad will adapt to Pro League life, but on paper they will be regarded as one of the weaker teams in the Division, partly due to the inexperience the team has in the Pro League, and fears some players on the squad will struggle in one on one gunfights against the best teams.
Returning to the Call of Duty Competitive scene, Denial Esports picked up the former Overtime eSports roster. This squad was the final team to secure qualification for the Pro League, by defeating Mindfreak 3-1 in the decisive series. The only French representation in the League this year, it is hard to compare this team to top North American squads with the limited competition we have seen between the two; but they will almost certainly bring a different style that some teams may struggle against. All things considered, however, Denial will have to go down as one of the weaker teams in the Division.
Division B will certainly be interesting. It is clear that eUnited and Splyce are favourites for the top two positions, with teams like Team Envy and 100 Thieves on the fringe. It is entirely possible we can see upsets in the Division, with some talented players on squads coming from the PLQ. Who is your favorite for Division B? What team do you think will be the shock of the Division? Let us know!
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